YOU COUNT! BE COUNTED!
Everyone is important and it is important for everyone to participate
The 2020 Census is quickly approaching, and it is important that people with disabilities and their families are ready to be counted!
WHAT IS THE CENSUS?
The government counts everyone in the country. They ask questions about every home in the country. One person from every home answers the questions. This is called the census. The census is when the government counts everyone in the country. The census happens every 10 years. We will have a census in 2020. The government will send you a letter in the mail. They will send the letter in March. This letter has instructions on how to fill out the census. The census asks one person in every home to answer a few questions. A home can be a house or an apartment.
WHAT QUESTIONS DOES THE CENSUS ASK?
The census asks two types of questions. It asks questions about your home and then it asks about each person who live in your home.
It begins with asking ~
- What is your phone number?
- Do you own or rent your home?
- How many people live in your home?
- What is your name?
- What is your sex? The census gives two options.
o You can choose “male” or “female.”
- What is your age? You put down how old you are on the form.
- Are you Hispanic, Latino, or of Spanish Origin? This question has to do with where your family comes from. The form uses the term Hispanic, Latino, or of Spanish origin, so if your family comes from a Spanish speaking country, your answer to this question is probably yes.
- What is your race? For this question, you check boxes. The census lists different races. Some examples are “white,” “black,” or “American Indian.” You can check more than one box. After you check boxes, the census asks for more details, like what area, country, or tribe your family is from.
- The census will also ask these same questions about the people who live with you.
WHY IS THE CENSUS IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES?
The law requires the census to collect information for the government. The government uses that information to make decisions. These decisions affect people with disabilities. There are two main ways the census affects people with disabilities:
- Money for services and programs – Information from the census is used by federal, state, and local governments to make decisions about funding for services and programs. These services and programs include education, housing, health care, transportation, and other community needs. People with disabilities can benefit from these services.
- Representatives in Congress – The federal government makes laws for the whole country. Every state has a different number of Representatives, based on how many people live in the state. The census counts how many people live in the whole country and in each state. The government uses that number to figure out how many Representatives the state should have. If people don’t fill out the census, a state might get less Representatives. Then, the people in that state won’t have as much of a say about decisions in Congress. We need to make sure every state has the right number of Representatives.